718 drunk driv­ers fined `9L in 4 months

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Ser­vice road along Pan­vel to JNPT and Targhar to JNPT (Amra Marg) and also Palaspe to JNPT na­tional high­way

Till the ser­vice road is ready, the Pan­vel to JNPT town­ship and Targhar to JNPT route should only be for pas­sen­ger traf­fic with no en­try to heavy traf­fic.

The fre­quent drives taken by the Navi Mumbai traf­fic depart­ment to curb the men­ace of drink driv­ing in city roads has in­creased not only the num­ber of such cases but also the amount col­lected from the drunk driv­ers in fines.

Ac­cord­ing to the sources from the depart­ment, the po­lice col­lected a to­tal of Rs8.60 lakh in fines from 718 drunk driv­ers from Jan­uary to April.

Last year, in the cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod, 581 cases were reg­is­tered and Rs8.28 lakh col­lected. The sta­tis­tics re­veal that the num­ber of cases this year has in­creased by 22.95%.

“This year, we have con­cen­trated on those ar­eas where there are plenty of bars. Peo­ple from Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and the pe­riph­eral ar­eas come to the bars. So we have de­ployed more num­ber of of­fi­cials in the ar­eas such as Vashi, Pan­vel, Nerul, Belapur among oth­ers,” said Arvind Salve, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic).

The po­lice are also con­duct­ing ran­dom check on driv­ers on the busy roads. “Till last year, we mostly con­ducted spe­cial drives to curb the men­ace. But this year, we are do­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent. Of­fi­cials have also been de­ployed on Palm Beach road, Sion-Pan­vel high­way and other ma­jor roads,” he added.

As many as 922 road ac­ci­dents took place in the city in 2015 as op­posed to 828 ac­ci­dents reg­is­tered in 2014. Like­wise, a to­tal of 321 peo­ple lost their lives in 303 fa­tal ac­ci­dents last year against 297 deaths in 309 fa­tal ac­ci­dents in 2014. Drink driv­ing was the rea­son be­hind many of these ac­ci­dents, the po­lice said.

Salve said drink-driv­ing cases in­crease dur­ing fes­ti­vals. “We booked 396 peo­ple who were driv­ing drunk on New Year. At 56, Kalam­boli saw the high­est num­ber of cases. Such cases also see a sharp hike dur­ing other fes­ti­vals like Christ­mas, Dussehra and Holi,” he said.

“We cre­ate aware­ness among peo­ple through pro­grammes such as street plays, pub­lic meet­ings and bike ral­lies ev­ery year dur­ing the road safety week. How­ever, peo­ple for­get within a few days and start flout­ing traf­fic norms again,” he added.

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